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Staff vacancies at the Science Council, the Science Council's member bodies and relevant external organisations are advertised here.

Professional Development Project Executive

Salary: up to £26,000 p.a.

The Science Council brings together professional bodies across science to support and develop professionalism in the practice of science.  The recent award of significant funding from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation is enabling the Science Council to drive a step change in the uptake of professional registration in the UK science workforce. The central message of professional registration is the importance of the professional standards and practice that underpin competence and public trust in science.  In particular the project will work to reach technicians and graduate scientists and their employers in all areas of the economy who are eligible for newly established professional registers.

The Professional Pathways Executive is key to developing this Project with new marketing and promotional activities, an enhanced user experience and by supporting the professional bodies in the implementation of innovation and good practice.  This Executive will also support the design, implementation, decision-making, evaluation and review process for the Project and work closely with colleagues in the Science Council and professional bodies.

The successful individual will understand the role of professional bodies and the ways in which they support professional scientists.  They will have experience of working in a volunteer-led environment with a multiplicity of stakeholders.  They will be educated to degree level or equivalent, with solid office-based and committee experience, be a confident and capable communicator, have strong administrative and database skills, be able quickly to build good relationships with stakeholders, and be comfortable working as part of a small, dedicated team as well as necessarily appreciate science careers and professions, and be passionate about science.

Please send a full curriculum vitae, application form, diversity monitoring form and covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria and why you are interested in this role, to our recruiter, Nicola Atkins, at

Associated files: Role Description Application Form Diversity Monitoring Form

Closing date for applications is 26th October 2014.

Final interviews are scheduled for early November 2014 in central London.


External vacancies

Diversity Programme Co-ordinator, Institute of Physics

Salary: £24,500 – £25,500 p.a. plus excellent benefits

The co-ordinator will support the Diversity Programme and Head of Diversity. The diversity programme aims to promote and encourage diversity in the Institute's membership and governance, the physics education pipeline, employment and the physics community generally. The programme was set up to foster an inclusive, sustainable, diverse and vibrant physics community which is reflected in the Institute’s membership.

The post-holder will co-ordinate new and existing projects and liaise closely with internal and external colleagues, including other departments, members, university departments, and other professional bodies/learned societies. The co-ordinator will work with the Institute’s Policy Centre to develop, collate, analyse and report on quantitative and qualitative data and information relating to diversity in physics. They will also arrange events, meetings, committees, workshops and provide general administrative support to the programme. 

You will have experience of working in a diversity environment, with excellent communication and report writing skills, an ability to interpret data, and be comfortable dealing with people at all levels. You should be self-motivated and happy working on your own projects as well as working well within a team. You will also be computer literate with MS Office experience which includes Word, Excel and Outlook or similar email package.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1 October 2014

Interviews to be held: Tuesday 14 October 2014

Please visit IOP Jobs for more details